The Gross Things My Kids Put on My Counters (& How I Deal Without Melting Down)

My favorite thing about our kitchen is the island. I use that counter top to prep food, pack lunches, serve snacks 417 times a day, and give guests (and myself) glasses of wine, all while facing out to the activity around me.

It’s the spot where everyone gravitates.


It’s also the spot where the grossness of my kids gravitates.

Witness: things I have told my son and daughter in a not-very-calm voice to remove from my kitchen counters…

  • basketballs
  • our cat
  • fingernail clippings
  • muddy cleats
  • butts
  • tissues they’ve blown boogers into but didn’t crumple up so now they’ve adhered to it
  • saliva
  • the neighbor’s turtles
  • objects they have removed from the toilet
  • bloody wounds
  • playground filth they decided were keepsakes
  • hair
  • all the sweaty sports equipment ever invented
  • stinky feet

…and oftentimes two or more of those things at once.

Momtastic Real Clean Made Simple with Kim Bongiorno April 2015


Each time my kids decide to coat my food workspace with DNA or dirt (or both), I quickly clean it and pretend such horrors do not happen in my home. Like a teeny tiny sanitizing superhero in a blue and white cape, my hand flies from the shelf by the sink where I keep my Clorox ScrubSingles™ Kitchen Pads, soars through the water falling from the faucet, and zips to the sullied kitchen island to save the day.

And my sanity.

And my counter’s sanity.

I mean, look how happy it is once I take care of biz:

Momtastic Clorox Real Clean Made Simple by Kim Bongiorno April 2015

I’m a work-at-home mom with kids who do a lot of activities, so I don’t have time to mess around with toe jam by the microwave or whatever tar-like substance is making my oven mitt stick to the spot above the silverware drawer. These bad boys are about a bajillion times more badass than any paper-towel-and-spray combo out there, scrubbing terrifying substances from my kitchen surfaces with ease.

Yes, even stinky footprints.

If your kids are gross in your kitchen, too, you might want to go get some of your own superhero-like Clorox ScrubSingles™ Kitchen Pads for cleaning counters.

Or maybe teach your kids not to be gross? That could work.

LOLOLOLOL—just kidding! Go get the pads. You can thank me later.

Momtastic Clorox Real Clean Made Simple ScrubSingles in Kim Bongiornos Kitchen April 2015

This post was sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.